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My Outdoor Life Audiobook

My Outdoor Life

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Publisher's Summary

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

©2013 Ray Mears (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"Moving...gripping...The rather old-fashioned qualities he admires in others: fortitude, understatedness, loyalty, above all stoicism, are the same ones we admire in him. Long may he survive." (Daily Mail)

What Members Say

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    Matthew PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2016
    Matthew PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom 29/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book ... But"

    I really did enjoy this book as I have followed Ray on the television for many years. However, I would really have appreciated it if he had read the book himself and The description really should have pointed out that he only actually reads the introduction

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike D. 28/02/2016
    Mike D. 28/02/2016

    Listening to audiobooks while taking wildlife photos. Instagram: @mikedicksonwildlife

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    "Humble man with an amazing story"

    Absolutely tremendous listening.

    His links to one of the masters of judo, through to his journeys around the world, along with the amazing people he has met, makes this audiobook enthralling.

    Buy it, download and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rawtooth 22/05/2017
    Rawtooth 22/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Narration not by yours truly"

    Review lost one star alone simply for this book not being narrated by Ray Mears.. what a let down! Would've held more attention if that were the case.
    Still, bitching aside, enjoyed the book and finding out things about Ray that would never have come across whilst watching one of his shows (and learning a few things things about bushcraft too).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MigratingFishSwim 12/08/2017
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    "Fascinating and touching"

    Gripping mixture of the practical, the outlandish, the touching, and the fascinating. Very honest and insightful. Ray reads the intro so well that it was a shame when the second narrator took over, but still highly recommended

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    Peter PH 05/05/2017
    Peter PH 05/05/2017
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    "Interesting"

    There is a lot of fascinating information in this story, told in an incredible way by a man who must be unique in current time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 20/02/2017
    Russell 20/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great book disappointingly presented "

    the books content is good, but for me Ray not narrating really took me out of it. Especially as he teases by reading the introduction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Cole U.K. 07/02/2017
    Ben Cole U.K. 07/02/2017 Member Since 2011

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    "interesting and illuminating but not very warm."

    Some genuinely interesting stories and a truly revealing insight into the life of Ray Mears. However, there's quite often a patronising tone and the occasional whiff of BS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 24/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good"

    Enjoyable. If you enjoy his shows you will enjoy this. A little slow in places but a good insight into a fascinating individual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr S. 09/12/2016
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    "Fascinating. Impressive. But not a warm man."

    I loved the first half of this book. I liked the rest. It is a remarkable life, a remarkable man. If you have a deep affinity for the wild you will find an immense amount to like in this book. Mears makes you feel personally inadequate in so many ways but he's also a kindred spirit. He tries to be humble but it is through gritted metaphorical teeth as he is deeply proud of his singleminded autodidactical achievements. He does crow while deprecating those who big themselves up without the true expertise that he has earned . A fascinating complex man, surely Aspie to the core, but with enough intelligence and humanity to connect to this inadequate human specimen! I'd hugely commend this experience and like several others would have much preferred to hear the great man himself deliver his novel-length bushcraft lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrewwiltshire.aw 06/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great look in to Ray Mars life how he started out "

    wicked look in to how he made his life, gets you really interested and keeps you that way the whole way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jonathan Cothran
    North Ga. USA
    31/05/17
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    "Great book for the adventurer in us all!"

    This book will feed the adventurer in you. Ray tells his story quite captivatingly with great detail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    14/05/15
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    "A wonderful experience!"

    An Excellent book, moving and inspirational. A tad slow in the middle but overall very very good. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Ray or the great outdoors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    15/08/17
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    "fantastic."

    It was quite good. even if you're not interested in outdoor living, it's a solid autobiography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Madia
    25/07/17
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    "A Relaxing Read"

    He is truly a remarkable man. A bit long winded at times though. Overall you really learn about all the experiences he was went through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/05/17
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    "good "read""

    Descent book thow he contradicts himself at times. Rilly sums up his life story well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Dublin, Ireland
    06/05/17
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    "Enlightening, Inspiring, Exemplary"
    What made the experience of listening to My Outdoor Life the most enjoyable?

    As someone who only really knows of Ray Mears through his excellent TV programmes it was great to get an insight into how he became the person he is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found Ray Mears (audio) book well written, honest, personal, moving and pretty much unputdownable, the guy has truly lived a good and adventurous life. Ray Mears has always been the outdoor guy for me, his practical, non showy, as well as philosophical appreciation for the natural world and affinity for the people who can truly live in it is inspiring. So much and so many of our lives are spent in pursuit of things that offer us no real sustenance for body, mind, or soul. Even an occasional foray into the natural world is so good for us. Why not go for a walk in the woods, climb a mountain, or spend a night, or a week under the stars and read or listen to Ray's excellent story along the way.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only Ray on TV


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, there were several things that moved me, but it's best to read the book for yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Holland
    Northwest, PA United States
    11/04/17
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Outdoor Life to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the written version. I get the audio version because I spend so much time on the go, it's easier for me.


    What other book might you compare My Outdoor Life to and why?

    I have never read any other books that would compare to the life of Ray Mears because everyone is different.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd – was your favorite?

    Ray Mears


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but because of it's length, I was happy to break it up. it gave me some expectation for when I could listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a fan of Ray Mears, but this book really opened up his life to me in a way that, not just gave me the when and where of his life, but also the why and how. It was absolutely a gem. The respect I had for him as an outdoorsman increased 10 fold upon finishing this book. He is truly a master at his craft!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan Weatherby
    18/03/17
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    "wonderful"
    Where does My Outdoor Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very well. great book for anyone who loves the outdoors


    What other book might you compare My Outdoor Life to and why?

    I dont have one


    Have you listened to any of Ray Mears and Simon Shepherd ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have not but will


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    same title as the book


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Mears is a wonderful person. Very smart man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josiah
    08/10/15
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    "Inspiring"

    Mears is my out doors idol. I love his attitude toward life, nature, and different cultures and practises. He is an experienced man and an excellent story teller. I recommend him to anyone interested in Bush craft skills

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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